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Hello all, I have learned from the boards that a number of Beretta 1934 and 1935 were ordered by the German army Hq in Italy in 1944 and 1945 my question for you is who were the pistols issued to? Were most of the pistols likely issued to officers or were they just handed out to everyone nearby? I know sidearms are only given to officers, drivers etc. in the US military but Im unsure about 1940s Werhmacht. Thanks for any replies.
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German Officers [unlike American] were required </u>to purchase their own sidearm.

They could, however, draw from supply for any special duties...if combat, they would usually draw an MP40! [wouldn't you?]

The smaller pistols were issued to non-combat troops and others who were qualified for issuance.

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